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getting grass to grow

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bigcountry01, Feb 24, 2007.

  1. bigcountry01

    bigcountry01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    hey guys, i live in east tennessee and i have a customer that has quite a few bare spots in his back yard. This is fesque grass. Would it do much good to try and seed it this time of year or wait till fall? He wants it done asap but im not sure how the outcome would be if i did it now. Thanks for any advice
  2. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 689

    How soon do you usually begin mowing?
  3. EDEN77

    EDEN77 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    You can do lawn repairs from just before the lawns break dormancy to anytime after. Don't wait until fall. Do it in spring. The customer will be happy and you will be happy.
  4. bigcountry01

    bigcountry01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    i would say mowing will be in full swing in about 2-3 weeks from now
  5. DaughtryLC

    DaughtryLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    I agree, First week of March around here!
  6. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 689

    It wouldnt be a bad idea to start putting it down now. Just make sure you put some straw over op to keep the moisture in.
  7. bigcountry01

    bigcountry01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    i guess its a good idea to rough up the soil with a rake if im not going to use an overseeder right? then cover it with straw
  8. NewHorizon's Land

    NewHorizon's Land LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 689

    Yes. Dont be afraid to rake to hard and rake every which way. This ensures good seed coverage instead of row like a corn field. lol. Is the gound still frozen? If it is then dont seed now. The seed will blow away and you will have to do it again. Also dont put to much straw down that will cause too much misture and seeds will drown.
  9. bigcountry01

    bigcountry01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 136

    thanks for the advice guys. just wandering what is the mesh looking stuff that i see in some lawns that is cut into squares or rectangles over bare spots? is this an easier way to seed? is it expensive? buy it by the roll?
  10. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,248

    bigcountry01: Up the road in Kingsport. Yes, make sure you break up the soil well, Why don't you cover the fescue with spagnum peat moss (kind in a bale--break it up in a wheel barrow) This will keep the seed moist. If you can get the client to water it, it will germinate quicker. Fescue is strange, it will lay there for a while and not sprot untill it get wet. But that isn't far from most seeds. SEED IT NOW--Won't hurt a thing. Fescue can even be seeded in the snow--We do that a lot to let us see where the seed has landed. Yea, that's right--in the snow. Not a huge snow granted like we use to have.
    Hit the seeded area with a little starter fertilizer, after raking lightly the covering it with the spagnum peat. Straw will blow away, but the peat will just help the ground. It is not acid enough to hurt anthing. I have two places--one in Kingsport and one in Murrells Inlet. Both have beautiful grass, eventhough there're two entirely different soils and grass. PM me if anything else. That mess stuff will probably be rye and bluegrass. I would use Rebel II fescue, which is good for sun or shade. Roy

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